Dec 5, 2012 6:00am PST
a fiscal cliff agreement. [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] the numbers are largely unchanged from the ones conducted right after the election. that's exactly what the president said. we're in the exit polls. to only 27% would blame obama if the country goes over the cliff. blah blah, blah. to that 64%ers who didn't believe it would have a major effect on the u.s. economy and 60% think that will be negative. who are republicans fighting for? not for a majority of americans. he's fighting for the top 2% who he says are actually small business owners. >> mmm no. >> stephanie: talk points are getting moldy. a $600 million a year hedge fund would qualify as a small business by paul ryan's misleading definition. regardless of the small business description, that still puts them in the 1% which is less than the majority of americans are compressed by the jobs. >> small compared to the planet jupiter. >> stephanie: right. all relative. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: i don't know what this means. [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] i don't know what this means chris. two fiscal conservatives booted f
Dec 6, 2012 6:00am PST
question of when. the president and boner talking about the fiscal cliff. >> they are talking on the phone. >> stephanie: no he drunk dialed him again. at all hours. >> as long as i'm there, it is open. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: president obama and the boner spoke by phone about the fiscal cliff. they provided no details about the negotiation, you know why, jim? because boner got too drunk and passed out. >> more bar snacks! >> stephanie: senator tom coalburn became the latest to break ranks. eric cantor said republicans want to sit down with the president. we want to talk specifics. but the fact that we can't include any in our plan -- >> we're saving them up. >> stephanie: right. aids are speculating that obama is willing to let america go over the cliff -- >> by the they are not a tax increase, they are cuts that were supposed to expire years ago. >> stephanie: thank you. the size of the problem cannot be solved without taxes going up. >> we can probably solve this in about a week. it's not that tough. but we need the conceptual break through that says we need to do an balanced plan. >> stephanie: someone is going to do that internet thing with hitler -- >> oh, they already have.
Dec 10, 2012 6:00am PST
any movement in the fiscal cliff clavin? do we know anything about it? >> yeah, i mean it seems to be there's some stuff emerging. everybody is being really quiet about it. i have a little more detail on it in my news brief. there's not a lot publicly emerging but conversation still happening behind closed doors. >> stephanie: are we going up to christmas new year's, whatever it is again? >> they like to draw this out. you know that. they push it to the very possible minute. they'll take advantage of as much time as they have to continue to play this out and see what we come to. i'm confident the president will stick to his guns on these tax hikes. a lot of republicans are coming around to the idea they'll have to go for it. >> stephanie: yeah. >> he's got the leverage. he may as well use it. >> stephanie: i agree. jacki schechner with all of the latest in the current news center. >> good morning, everybody. let's start with news of a former governor and then possibly a future one. not like we didn't see this coming. former florida governor republican charlie crist has now become a democrat. he spent two years as an independent before announcing on twitter friday that he had converted. he signed new vote
Dec 11, 2012 9:00am PST
. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: so we have been calling about the fiscal cliff claifen. the president yesterday. >> obama: i have said i will work with republicans on a plan for economic growth job creation and reducing our deficits and that has some compromise between democrats and republicans. i understand there's a -- you know, people have a lot of different views. i'm willing to compromise a little bit. >> stephanie: yeah. >> i worry about him talking about compromising. >> stephanie: i think he is doing the right thing, though. he is hitting the road like campaign style and taking -- and the polls are showing that it is working. again, just like in the election, the american people largely with him, would largely blame republicans if this happens. he is building his case. he said it will be a hit you can't afford to take. and if anything, jim, the president has toughened his demand in the last few days. i mean it really -- that -- that i really think is true. because we have never seen this breed of republicans before that have taken that hostage. it shouldn't be p
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am PST
♪] >> stephanie: nancy pelosi is going to brief us on the fiscal cliff talk at 12:00 eastern. >> it's joke! >> you can't take anything boehner says seriously at all. it's so win-win for the democrats on this. and i would like to see the president go off the cliff and let the republicans try to vote it down. >> stephanie: we posted a great article -- it was the best thing i have read about the l.a. times, where he said let's hold hands and walk down together. it's not that bad. all of the nobel prize winning economists asking george bush not to enact these policies in the first place. >> exactly right. this was used because bill clinton has a surplus. bush said let's give it away to rich people. where is the money? it's gone. we can't have these cuts anymore. >> stephanie: yeah. mitch mcconnell is up for reelection in 2014 rand pall not until 2016. >> yeah because mitch mcconnell would love to see rand paul gone. and they have already said they are going to open up their box of tricks against her. >> stephanie: rand paul is one of those tea party jerks that i can't wait to get rid of.
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
good news as the president continues to negotiate to stop us from going over the fiscal cliff. vice president biden picks up the road show today. he is having lunch with some people but where and exactly with whom has yet to be made public. it has gotten more than a hundred thousand stories from people talking about how the tax incries would affect their families. there is a second round of advertisements today pushing lawmakers to not just make a deal, but to make a deal that protects social benefit programs. >> if the politicians in washington negotiate a bad deal on the bucket and deficit, what do you think will happen to medicare and medicaid benefits. >> it stars two senator and two republican reps. cnn reports the labor unions are spending more than a half of million dollars on this round of spots. we're back with more steph after the break. stay with us. ♪ going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the othe
Dec 12, 2012 9:00am PST
going to die on the vine. i predict technical going over of the fiscal cliff. i think the democrats benefit from putting a bill to the floor that's basically -- that will be the obama tax cut. they're going to have to vote against it. the first vote of this new congress, they're going to have to vote against a middle class tax cut. no win for these guys if they don't pass it in the next week. they can't word it between now and then. crafting a bill actually takes some time and some process. >> stephanie: yep. megan in akron ohio. hi welcome. >> caller: hi. i just have a question for you. about the viability of a challenge to this in michigan. what can they do? >> stephanie: megan, i was doing that story earlier that the unions are saying -- this fight is not over. there may be a way you know, to be able to -- i don't know the technical term for it. basically to be able to put it back -- >> negative ballot initiative. some other options. >> stephanie: if they get enough signatures -- >> the history is not on their side. every time they try to do that, it has been -- >> stephanie: look at sb5 in ohio. take heart from that. i want to ask you quickly -- [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] we talked about this earlier. hal sparks, high profile famous person